Tag: ella leoncio
CVDB Arquitectos have converted an old hospital in the tiny town of Arraiolos in Portugal, into a Tapestry Museum. The town is famed for the embroidered rugs and carpets it produces, so for the 3300 inhabitants that live there, the museum celebrates the local cultural identity. The exterior skin of the building remains largely intact, flowing seamlessly with the character of the surrounding streetscape. The only new external addition is the delicately crafted stair shaft, which hides quietly at the back of the site.
Scanlan Theodore’s newest stores – in Sydney’s Paddington and The Strand Arcade, and Melbourne’s Armadale – have been designed by Sydney based practice, Meacham Nockles McQualter. Like the iconic Australian fashion label, the architects approached these retail fit-outs with the same commitment to simple, modern classic design, centring around beautiful materials and attentive craftsmanship.
This converted warehouse space was remodelled by San Francisco based practice LINEOFFICE Architecture. The weightiness of the post and beam structure and the tactile grain of the Douglas Fir were at once seductive for both the client and architect. With such an exquisitely crafted timber structure, the architects were keen to honour the original bones of the space.
And so my obsession with all things Japanese continues. How’s a girl to move on when Japan keeps smashing out so much boundary pushing and obscenely beautiful work? This particular one deviates so far from my Western understanding of family living, it’s hard not to be both bewildered and amazed. Plus the ceiling has kindly given my eyeballs a nice little joy ride…
Toyo Ito’s library at Tama Art University is comprised of a series of concrete arches. The arches, which are of varying span lengths, are arranged in an irregular patterns driven by the slope of the surrounding landscape. The arches intersect to form slender, loosely cruciform columns which ever so gently connect with the earth. The purity of the idea permeates both inside and out, with the irregular rhythm of the arches marching across the facade. Where are the services? Who knows. The concrete ceiling is largely uncluttered, with the exception of a series of halo pendants floating between the arches…
The Camper store is a reinterpreted two storey traditional house, sliced in half and opening itself up to the “laneway” within the warehouse which it sits. The slice is expressed with a bright red rubber, which is the same rubber used for Camper’s shoe souls and branding. An angled mirror terminates the laneway so the reflection visually completes the other half of the sliced house. Materials have been recycled from demolished residential sites, creating a diverse and textural palette, steeped in the history and memory of the city. The wire hangers displaying shoes from above make reference to the drying laundry of the alleyways…